Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
05/21/2012 3.66 Christmas Tree Cove California Mid, USA West
I'm pretty new to this, this being Free Diving, but out of the places I've gone around PV, Christmas Tress Cove has been the best. The hike in is definitely a little tricky, kinda fun if you like tricky hiking/small scale rock climbing. Once down, entry over the rocks on the right side is relatively easy during high tide, or there looked to be a beach with smaller rocks to the left (after climbing over some larger boulders). The vis in the cove was pretty good on the day I went, probably 10-15 ft. Saw plenty of smaller fish and lots of kelp. I also went to another small cove right next to this, between Christmas Tree and Lunada Bay, not sure what it's called. The trail to this cove is much steeper, one section has a rope that you have to use to get up and down. Well worth it though, just as good as Christmas Tree or better, even saw some rays on this side! I was worried about public access when I first started looking into places to dive, but Christmas Tree Cove is definitely still accessible to the public.
05/21/2012 4.46 LA - Honeymoon Cove California Mid, USA West
I went free diving at this site after trying Christmas Tree Cove. Both are excellent sites if you don't mind an adventurous hike down to the water. A lot of people rate this site and Christmas tree with the best vis around PV, and I can see why, it was at least 15 feet when I went yesterday. The left side of the cove has some pretty interesting walls; even saw some type of ray over here. Depending on where I was near the walls, depth was around 15-20 feet I would guess. Saw more fish this time than when I went to Christmas Tree. Entry was nice and easy over small rocks right close to the trail down. The right side of the cove has some neat rock formations in the shallows near the rocks, just watch the surge if the waves are coming in good. Very neat plant life over on this side, and a good amount of fish. I didn't go into the large kelp forest in the middle of the cove. All in all, great site!